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International Magazine Company / money

1 Bowling Green, VA, United States Review updated:

A guy called me telling me about a $50, 000 sweepstake I was entered into. He was very kind and respectful so when he asked me to put in a good word for him when his supervisor called it was no problem. The supervisor, Mary-Ann Harris, explained to me that I was to receive a daimond watch and three magazines for free and she explained a subscription plan to me. She made sure I wrote all of it down so I would kno what I was to be billed for. $4.62/wk, $19.74/mth for 48 months and billed 12 times in all - the total was to be $79.73. Because I didn't have money in my account at that moment, she said that I would be billed once the funds were available. I just put $100 dollars in my bank account three days ago and today when I went to the ATM i was denied because I only had $20.10 in my account. Those 12 payments that were supposed to made only once a month were all taken at once leaving me, a struggling, teenage college student, helpless. Because I just turned 18, I guess I was a part of their targeted audience. I need to know where to find help!!

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  • Je
      8th of Oct, 2008
    0 Votes

    they charge me for magazines n i want to cancel my subscription

  • An
      15th of Oct, 2008
    0 Votes

    this number calls me all the time. they don't leave messages. I tried to call the number back and the recording says that it cannot accept phone calls at this time. I am sick of this!!!

  • Be
      17th of Oct, 2008
    0 Votes

    They have been calling my phone for a few days, a few times a day. When I answered no one would talk. I tried calling the number back, but it said they were out of the area or all circuts were busy. They finally spoke when I anwered yesterday. She said they were doing a sweepstakes and that I had won a free diamond watch and a free subscription to any magazine of my choice and she listed some. She said that I had also been entered into a drawing for a chance to win a million dollars. They would pull the names on Dec. 31, 2008. She never asked for any of my credit card info, so I figured nothing would come of it. She said that her management would be giving me a phone call when we got off the phone, but he never did. I am just worried now that they are going to charge my acct., or my identity will be stolen or some crazy stuff. I don't know how to get back in touch with the company either. Any suggestions?

  • Ni
      17th of Oct, 2008
    +1 Votes

    Someone called me from this company (IMC), telling me that I was entered into a sweepstakes, and I would receive a diamond watch, then they asked for my credit card number. I foolishly gave it to them. I went on my computer and googled them, that's when I saw that they ripped off a whol bunch of other ppl. I tried to tell the man that I was not interested, and he kept pushing talking bout this and that, then he had the nerve to hang the phone up in my ear. I called my bank immediatley, and the money was already posted to my account ($79.00). I tried calling to cancel and the call wouldn't gp thru. My bank gave me the number 1-800-670-8870 (this number wroks), and they had me on hold for like 45 minutes, then they came and bk and told me that the funds would be released back into my account in 24-72 hours. Today is 10-17-08 and if that money is not back in my account by 10-20-08, I will be a thorn in their flesh.
    PLz watch out for these ppl. They are some scammers.

  • Bl
      28th of Oct, 2008
    0 Votes

    I got a phone call. They starting saying I win the prize and get magazine for free. But they said they are going to change me. I pushed me very hard and they offer me the plan $99 one time payment for three magazines one year. Even thought it's more expensive than ordering it separately, I thought it's okay since I was told that I can change the magazines whenever I want. But later they said I can't change the magazines unless I upgrade my plan. It's not a reliable company. And I hope there aren't many people believe in them.

  • Av
      12th of Nov, 2008
    0 Votes

    I just got the same call and they called my cell ph# which I don't know how they got!! I was shocked but didn't even think to ask how they got it. They gave me the same speech but I told them I needed to do some research before I released my cc# to anyone. I told him to call me back tomorrow, he was a bit reluctant to agree to that but he did. When he calls back I'm going to tell him to go suck an egg! In other words, NO THANKS! I'm not a big magazine buff anyway and I knew from the start it was a scam because they mentioned sweetstakes and winning a million dollars, yeah right! And I'm sure the watch is completely cheap and cheezy looking. Oh and he also told me that they are registered with the BBB but I highly doubt that and he also said their website is for porn mags. wierd. doesn't sound good to me.

  • Fi
      19th of Nov, 2008
    0 Votes

    I had my run in with these people yesterday. The same song and dance everyone else has talked about; million dollar sweepstakes, diamond watch, magazine subscriptions. Their spiel includes a lot of trifling details and long lists, which I believe are meant to lull you into a hypnosis, thus allowing them to get the credit card number off you. The thing that got me was they were trying to get me to subscribe to Vogue at $4.00 a week as some kind of deal. It's not even a weekly magazine! So I say to the guy that I don't even read magazines, and he says "Well what are some of your hobbies and interests?" Really? So I tell him where he can get off and he calls back, yelling at me and telling me there's no way I can get out of their sweepstakes. Won't tell me his name, hangs up on me. I canceled my credit card and changed my phone number. Perhaps that's overreacting but that type of shady stuff really freaks me out. Anyway its great to know I'm not alone.

  • Ta
      26th of Nov, 2008
    -1 Votes

    I got the same speech, too. At first, maybe I did become a contestant because I do use my card all the time but once he asked me for my credit number I froze. I started to google them and all I got was complaints. I am so happy I didn't do it. I'm worried they are still going to send me magazines and I might get billed for them.

  • Va
      29th of Nov, 2008
    +1 Votes

    DO NOT GIVE YOUR INFORMATION TO THESE PEOPLE AS THEY ARE PROBABLY JUST A HUSBAND AND WIFE WORKING OUT OF THEIR HOME COLLECTING CREDIT CARD NUMBERS. I received a phone call today from International Magazine Company. I didn't answer at first and when I called back it kept saying "All Circuits Are Busy." I kept trying back until a woman picked up and immediately went into her spiel. She told me that she was new to the company and that her supervisor would be contacting me with more details. FIRST RED FLAG. The man called in a matter of 30 seconds. My first question was how could I cancel my subscription. His response was "we request you don't since we pay for the subscription up front." SECOND RED FLAG. He then asked me if I would like a woman's or man's diamond watch.OKAY, AT THIS POINT I KNEW IT WAS A SCAM AND WAS JUST WAITING FOR HIM TO ASK FOR MY CREDIT CARD NUMBER. Sure enough he did, my immediate response was can you please give me your entire Company's name as I am skeptical on giving you my information. He assured me that people ask him this question daily. I then told him that I was a paralegal and file lawsuits against fictitious business' daily and that I would like his Business License Number. He couldn't obtain that information and told me that I could find them under the Better Business Bureau. That is great but what we need to look at is the number of complaints filed against these people and the Secretary of State's website for the Fictitious Business Names. DO NOT GIVE YOUR INFORMATION TO THESE PEOPLE AS THEY ARE PROBABLY JUST A HUSBAND AND WIFE WORKING OUT OF THEIR HOME COLLECTING CREDIT CARD NUMBERS. Remember. Credit Cards are an unsecured debt. This man and woman could easily purchase something with your card and you can dispute it ... as he reassured me. HOWEVER, DISPUTING A TRANSACTION COULD TAKE WEEKS. BEWARE!

  • Ma
      1st of Dec, 2008
    0 Votes

    yea im in the same boat tho im 20 and a sophamore in college, but same exact deal with the same company and contract, and i even asked if i could cancel at any time but then now that i called back i was told i can not

  • Sw
      28th of Jan, 2009
    0 Votes

    I just have a issue with harrassing phone calls. They call several times a day and when I asked to have my number removed, I was told that they couldn't and then they hung up on me. I called the number back and was hung up on repeatedly. I then began to ask for a manager or boss of some sort, and was hung up around 15-20 times. One call, the woman set the phone down and I heard her say "are you a manager?" then she laughed and said "well, you are one now!" Then she hung up on me. I would say I dealt with the same three or four people each time I called. All I wanted was for the phone calls to stop. It seemed like this was some sort of entertainment for these people to keep hanging up on me. I finally talked to a woman named Diana and she told me that I would have to wait to be called back in order for them to remove my number from their list. I told her that I tried that already and they continued to call. Then she said that management was a different department and they operated with rotary phones (in 2009??? Really??? Come on...) and that she couldn't transfer me, nor did she have a number. She said to look up the companies website (which as far as I can tell, does not exist) and find a different number there. I've filed a report with the National BBB. If I continue to receive these phone calls, my next step is to contact an attorney. My thing is that from the very first time I called them, I was treated poorly. What if I had been intersted in their services? I just can't believe a company can operate while their employees participate in such conduct. It's beyond me...

  • Ji
      3rd of Feb, 2009
    0 Votes

    Today the IMC called me about thirty times. I don't answer fone numbers I don't recognize but eventually I answered and they gave me that same old shpeel. Congratulations, I've won a brand new watch yada yada yada. He then asked me if I was a magazine buff. I told him no I don't read magazines. He then asked me what my hobbies are. I gave him a couple. Then, he tried to pressure me into their stupid magazine deal. Luckily, I wasn't interested at all so I didnt give him my credit card information. So I decided to google the company and sure enough I read tons of complaints. I'm sure if I had given them my information they would have completely dicked me over. Don't give them one digit of your credit card. Freaking wack jobs.

  • Sv
      8th of Feb, 2009
    0 Votes

    when the man states "we request you don't since we pay for the subscription up front." that does not meant u are not allowed to cancel. so your in your complete right under law to receive your cancellation request, right?...i am currently disputing with these people.they are trying to ripp me off of 877 dollars. i made a report to the BBB and should be getting a response in a week hopefully. if not i will take this up a notch.THIS IS A FRAUD AND ADVISE EVERYONE TO NOT PICK UP THAT CALL.IGNORE IT SEND THOSE DISGRACEFUL PEOPLE WERE THEY BELONG

  • An
      12th of Feb, 2009
    0 Votes

    people do you notice how you were all stupid enough to give them your credit card. i am a customer of this company and i reciieve great service from the, you are all suffering from buyer remourse, and refuse to take responsibility for something YOU DID~!!! ofcourse, they are salespeople, doing their job... However this is COMPLAINT BOARD for complaints. this co. has good reviews as well. So lets get it together and really think about if you really want something before you repeadtly except it. lol!!! i sound like i work for them... this is pathetic...

  • Ca
      24th of Feb, 2009
    0 Votes

    I got the call from these people less than an hour ago and they have already charged my card and everything. Im not happy. I called the place back within a matter of minutes and talked to someone and said that i wanted my money back and i wanted it back now. he said well, we'll have to let a customer service rep. talk to you and they will give you a call back in a few minutes. So i was like okay. Well as from reading all of the posts on here and off other websites, i have learned that this company is a COMPLETE SCAM! I immediatley called my bank and told them to stop the payment. They said they they could not do anything til it hard post on my account. I am so scared and so upset that something is going to happen. Weather it be my identity being stolen or my account getting wipped out. Im not a happy person. When i called the company back and talked to someone i told them that i did in fact work for an attorney and i would get him involoved if it came to it. and i believe that it has come to that point. So for all you people out there if you get a call from this place, tell them no thank you and hang up. Dont give in to them. I did and now im paying for it i guess you could say. i will get my money back one way or another.

  • Ta
      12th of Mar, 2009
    0 Votes

    johncuomni@aol.com
    727-536-9990

    this is one of the managers and his phone number.. i answered an employment add and googled them to see what they were about...

    have fun all!!

  • Ba
      22nd of Mar, 2009
    0 Votes

    I subscribed to International Magazine Company early in 2008 and have received both the watch and each of the subscriptions I agreed to. Granted; the cost is slightly higher than what I would pay going through each magazine separately, but this way I am able to switch subscriptions half way through a term and try different magazines as I go. I paid the 12 payments they asked for and haven't paid a dime since, and each magazine has me on file as a pre-paid subscriber through the end of 2011. I don't believe this to be a scam, I get everything I asked for and I haven't had any issues with them taking more than I agreed to.
    This is not for everyone, so I do encourage caution. It is an expensive arrangement that allows you to try five different magazines from a list of about 200 and you can change your selection every month. Again; very EXPENSIVE. But if you read the magazines like I do, it is worth it.( I subscribe to: Wire, PC Mag, PC Gamer, Computer Shopper, and Maxim, but for what ever reason I also get MSDN[that's the only part that confuses me :) ])

    Bart

  • Ja
      17th of Apr, 2009
    -1 Votes

    THIS COMPANY IS A TOTAL RIPOFF - DO NOT GIVE THEM YOUR CARD # NO MATTER HOW MUCH THEY BELITTLE YOU OR MAKE YOU FEEL DUMB FOR NOT WANTING THEIR SERVICES... PPL LIKE THIS SHOULD BE SHOT...

  • Ja
      17th of Apr, 2009
    0 Votes

    AND TYLER CLAIR, THE MANAGER I SPOKE TO IS A TERRIBLE MAN

  • Ha
      15th of May, 2009
    0 Votes

    I.M.C is the best company I have ever dealt with. They have the best Manager, his name is John C., I will continue getting magazines threw them until I die.

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